At the Geneva Motor Show in March this year Subaru showed off its ‘BOXER Sports Car Architecture’ (pictured above). But they didn’t really give much else away. Now, they tell us their new rear-wheel drive sportscar will be called the BRZ and a Version II concept will be revealed at Frankfurt next month.
Oh, if you’re wondering, those letters mean: B for Boxer, R for rear-wheel drive and Z for Zenith, of course.
For those playing at home this is the ‘Toybaru’ platform being developed in conjunction with Toyota, who have called their car the FT-86 and we’ve already seen concepts in Australia (Sydney 2010 and Melbourne 2011).
Production of the BRZ will start in the second half of 2012 and a decision on whether it will be sold in Australia will be made later this year. So, fans of all things Subaru, if you want to see this car down under get in touch with your local dealer now and tell them you want in!
Subaru Names New RWD Sports Car BRZ
Fuji Heavy Industries, the maker of Subaru vehicles, has announced it will name its pending rear-wheel drive sports car the BRZ.
FHI says it will exhibit a technology concept of the BRZ at next month’s Frankfurt Motor Show.
A special website has opened today at Subaru’s global site, www.subaru-global.com/11frankfurt/teaser
FHI has derived the BRZ name from the letter B in Boxer engine, R in rear-wheel drive, and Z in the word Zenith.
FHI says the name embodies ultimate passion for the new sports car and confidence in its distinctive constellation trademark and core technology – the horizontally opposed Boxer engine.
BRZ production is due to start in northern spring 2012.
A decision on whether the BRZ will come to Australia will not be made until later this year.